About Us

Recruiters with Boots-on-the-Ground Experience and Insights

Ambassador Resources is a talent recruiting and placement firm based in the northeastern United States, built on the core belief that when our job is done right, employers and job seekers both benefit over the long run.

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Ambassador Resources was founded in late 2020 by managing partners Joe Carrabs and Matthew Kurz, two veterans of the recruiting and placement world, who enjoyed great success as top producers and managers for nationally known firms. It was because of their experiences at those companies that they saw a better way to do talent search and staffing.

Relationships matter in every placement

Because relationships matter so deeply to our team, we operate with the philosophy that no one is “just a number” or only what’s on paper. Companies have unique corporate cultures and individuals often have distinct attributes or skills that make them ideal candidates for positions they never dreamed of. We take the time to get to know the companies that come to us to fill open roles and the job seekers whose careers we help build.   And we give significant thought into making a great match that we feel will develop into a mutually beneficial professional relationship.


We also feel strongly about developing and maintaining positive relationships with the employers and job candidates we work with, building trust that comes from the way we carefully approach every direct (permanent) hire, and interim, temporary, and temp-to-hire placement  we handle.

The Ambassador Team

When you engage Ambassador Resources for your talent search or staffing needs, you work directly with the managing partners, who met a decade ago when they both worked at a national staffing firm. They conduct their trademark intake interviews to set up their clients for successful matches, and oversee a team of dedicated staffing specialists with expertise in the various positions Ambassador places.

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Joe Carrabs

Managing Partner

Joe has managed multiple business units as well as a metropolitan region of offices for a national recruiting and placement firm. He was a top biller in the company’s temporary placement side, where he built his expertise in temporary and temp-to-hire staffing, and later proved his skills working with employers and candidates in direct hire. Specialty areas are accounting & finance, administrative/clerical and HR, and high-level executive consultants (also known as loan staff).

He was recognized globally for his performance in placing people in those roles. His matches were so strong that a sizable percentage of his temp placements became permanent hires.

Joe grew up in a suburb of Toronto, Canada and attended SUNY Oswego on a hockey scholarship, where he earned a BA in public relations. He played pro hockey overseas after college and still enjoys getting on the ice for an occasional game; but he’s busy grooming his son and daughter for their ice time and other sports they enjoy.

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Matthew Kurz

Managing Partner

Matt Kurz credits his years on Wall Street as a young man with developing his service-oriented style and ability to talk to anyone about their business. From the fast-paced environment and high volume of trades on the stock exchange floor, he learned to handle multiple tasks and quickly prioritize clients’ needs, and managed multi-million-dollar equity portfolios as one of the youngest traders at his company at the time. He also started his own business at age 22, so entrepreneurism is in his blood.

Upon entering the recruiting field, Matt became a top producer within two years, regionally and worldwide,attaining director positions as he steadily grew the business.

Originally from Staten Island, NY, Matt enjoys a wide variety of experiences—most of them outdoors, such as hiking, snowboarding, travel, and playing baseball. He loves cars and all genres of music (he plays guitar), and will cook you an interesting meal. But most of all, he values honesty, transparency, and building personal relationships.

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Darren DeFazio

Managing Partner

Darren leads our direct hire practice. He started his career in the Big 4 at PwC in its pharmaceutical consulting practice and joined Ambassador Resources after many years of search and recruiting experience with a Fortune 500 staffing firm. With deep expertise in Accounting & Finance placements, Darren has helped countless candidates and clients find and fill corporate roles across multiple industries such as retail, pharmaceutical & biotechnology, insurance, consumer products, sports & entertainment, education, manufacturing, real estate, technology, and financial services.

A former VP, division director, and manager at prior firms, Darren is a proven hands-on leader, top-notch relationship builder, and skilled negotiator. In addition to growing Ambassador Resources, he manages our clients’ talent acquisition needs, recruits top-quality job candidates, and guides and mentors our internal recruiters in pursuit of excellent matches.

A Jersey boy through and through, Darren grew up in Fairfield and lives in Sparta with his wife and kids. When he’s not working, he’s likely on a golf course perfecting his bogie skills. He holds a B.S. in Finance from The College of New Jersey.

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